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6th Space Dinner – 09.03.2018 – Planetarium Brussels

March is coming closer, so gear up for our annual flagship event: the Space Dinner! For the 6th year in a row we invite you for three inspiring presentations, followed by a free planetarium show and walking dinner. Of course we will also hand out the beSPACE Awards for Personality of the Year and Team of the Year for the second time. The perfect opportunity to network with other space enthusiasts! If you don’t know what a Space Dinner is you can check out this post about last year’s edition.

Important: admission is free but registration is mandatory!

Facebook event: right here!

The theme of this year’s Space Dinner is Space debris: curse or opportunity? The following three speakers will approach this topic from their own angle.


Tiago Soares
Clean Space Systems Engineer – European Space Agency
Tiago Soares is a systems engineer in European Space Agency’s Concurrent Design Facility. He holds a Master of Science in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Lisbon, Portugal, and specialised in Space applications in SUPAERO, Toulouse. He works in ESA Technical Centre in the Netherlands since 2008. In 2012, he was one of the initiators of the Clean Space initiative aiming to develop technologies to guarantee the future of space exploration by protecting the environment on earth and in space. This initiative counts today more than 100 finalized and on-going industrial activities. Since 2015, he is in charge of CleanSat, a technology program that aims at the development and integration in recurrent platforms for Earth Observation and Telecommunication missions of key technologies for the compliance with Space Debris Mitigation requirements.

Presentation: Clean Space: Guaranteeing the future of space activities by protecting the environment

Thierry Magin
Associate Professor – von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics
Thierry Magin is an associate professor at the von Karman Institute for Fluid Dynamics (VKI). He currently holds a Jean d’Alembert Chair (Paris-Saclay) at the Laboratory for Plasma Physics of Ecole Polytechnique. After his doctoral thesis completed in 2004 at the Free University of Brussels, he worked at Ecole Centrale Paris on the prediction of nonequilibrium radiation phenomena for the ESA Huygens probe, and then at Stanford University and NASA Ames Research Center on the development of high-fidelity engineering tools for the manned space exploration program. In 2010, he founded a research team at VKI supported by the European Research Council, focusing on the development of complex multiscale and multiphysics models and numerical methods for reacting and plasma flows. Prof. Magin and his team aim at studying both fundamental principles and technological aerospace applications, in collaboration with space agencies and industries.

Presentation: Space debris mitigation, research challenges for aerothermodynamics

Philip De Man
Senior Researcher in Space Law – KU Leuven
Philip De Man is a postdoctoral fellow with the Leuven Centre for Global Governance Studies in Leuven, Belgium, funded by the Research Foundation Flanders. Dr De Man is a senior researcher and lecturer in space law at the University of Leuven’s Advanced Master of Science in Space Studies. He is a member of the Belgian delegation at the Legal Subcommittee of the United Nations Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space. Dr De Man is also a core expert of the International Space Law Group of the MILAMOS project for a Manual on International Law Applicable to Military Uses of Outer Space, and an observer with The Hague Space Resources Governance Working Group. Among his most recent publications is the monograph ‘Exclusive use in an inclusive environment: the meaning of the non-appropriation principle for space resource exploitation’, as part of the Springer Space Regulations Library.

Presentation: Cars in space and the legal regime of space debris


Date: Friday 09.03.2018

Location:  Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Avenue de Bouchout 10, 1020 Brussels

Programme:

  • 18:30 – Doors open
  • 19:00 – Presentations
  • 20:00 – beSPACE Awards
  • 20:15 – Planetarium show
  • 20:45 – Walking dinner & networking
  • 22:00 – End

Sponsored by:

Space Applications Services – Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium – Others coming soon!


beSPACE Session on Radiation – 04.12.2017 – ULB Campus Solbosch

Update after conclusion of the event

The session on radiation was deemed a success by the attendees as it provided them a great opportunity to have an in depth discussion with the speakers about their specific topics. Both presenters were kind enough to share their presentations with the beSPACE community. You will find them here with pictures taken during the session. For future events make sure to subscribe to our newsletter or follow us on facebook and twitter!

Radiation and human space exploration – Sarah Baatout

Space ionizing radiation effects – Michel Melotte

  

   

Original invitation

It’s time for another beSPACE Session! The goal of the Sessions is to dig deeper into a technical topic with a limited number of speakers and a smaller audience.

For this Session we will focus on radiation, one of the most fascinating and difficult aspects of space. The following two speakers will guide us through this topic.


Sarah Baatout
Head of the Radiobiology Unit – Belgian Nuclear Research Centre SCK-CEN
Prof. Dr. Sarah Baatout is the director of the Radiobiology Unit at SCK•CEN (Belgian Nuclear Research Centre). She is also Guest-Professor at Ghent University and maître de conférence at the University of Namur, teaching and directing research in the field of radiation biology, radiation protection, space biology and medicine. Sarah Baatout is a representative of Belgium at UNSCEAR (United Nations Scientific Committee on the Effects of Atomic Radiation) and is a member of the High Council for Health (Minister of Health). She is an alumni of the Royal Academy for Sciences and Arts of Belgium following the obtention of the prestigious Wetrems prize for the best discovery in the field of natural sciences. In 1991, she obtained a Master in Biology from UCLouvain followed by a PhD in Biochemistry at the UCLouvain in the field of oncology working on aggressive blood cancers. Presently, Sarah Baatout is also secretary/treasurer of the European Radiation Research Society. Since 2012, she is also member of the “Space” working group of the senate. She is also a member of various expert and audit groups as well as advising committees for the European Commission and the European Space Agency. She is/has been the promoters of 3 Postdocs and of 12 PhD students. She is the (co-) author of some 140 international papers.

Presentation: How does space radiation pose a threat to human space exploration?

Michel Mélotte
Radiation Expert – Thales Alenia Space in Belgium
Michel Mélotte received the qualification of Electrical Engineer from the Université de Louvain, Louvain-la-Neuve, in 1981. He started his professional activities as designer of linear integrated circuits and finally became group leader. He has assumed various positions, inside Thales Alenia Space in Belgium in hybrid design, industrialisation and technology management. In 1993, Michel Mélotte has started his work on the effects of ionising radiation on electronics. Today it is an important part of his responsibilities in the space business. Michel is a member of the IEEE Nuclear science society, a member of the CA RADECS association and a member of the CTB radiation at ESA. He has organised, as general chairman, the conference RADECS 2000 and co-chair of the RADECS 2009. His current position in Thales Alenia Space is, as a member of the Research & Innovation team, the coordination of space radiation effects as senior expert.

Presentation: Space Ionizing Radiation Effects on Electronics


Important: admission is free but registration is mandatory. The number of seats is limited.

Date: Monday 04.12.2017

Programme:

  • 18:45 – Doors open
  • 19:00 – Presentation by Sarah Baatout
  • 20:00 – Presentation by Michel Mélotte
  • 21:00 – Snacks & drinks

Snacks & drinks: free of charge, but limited to simple refreshments. We advise you to have dinner beforehand

Location:  Université libre de Bruxelles, Campus du Solbosch, Avenue Franklin D. Roosevelt 50, 1050 Brussels – Building C, room C2.223 (https://www.ulb.ac.be/campus/solbosch/plan-en-C-en.html)

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beSPACE Startup Night – Looking back

For the first time, beSPACE has organised an event dedicated to space-based entrepreneurship: the beSPACE Startup Night! Taking place on Monday 15 May, the event was hosted at the Galerie Ravenstein venue of Creative District. Five space industry experts presented their views and tips on how entrepreneurs can use space to give their startup (idea) a boost. Check out the presentations and pictures below!

Presentations

  1. beSPACE – Introduction
  2. Thomas Tanghe – The Funding Ecosystem for Space Start-ups
  3. Sam Waes – Recycle Space Technology Into The Circular Economy
  4. Vera Pinto Gomas – EU Space Programmes – what’s in it for you?
  5. Steven Krekels – Blue Space & Remote Sensing
  6. Nicolas Helssen – Develop your space application through IAP

Sponsored by: SpaceTec Partners

With the support of: Belspo

beSPACE Startup Night – 15.05.2017 – Galerie Ravenstein

We are excited to present the next beSPACE event: the beSPACE Startup Night!


Keynote speakers:

Vera Pinto Gomes
Policy Officer – European Commission (DG GROW)
Vera Pinto is a Policy Officer at the European Commission specialising in European Space Policy and European global satellite-based navigation systems: Galileo and EGNOS. She holds a Master’s Degree in Political Science and International Relations from the Nova University of Lisbon, Portugal. Prior to her time working at the European Commission, she was an EU Grant Manager for the Portuguese Ministry of Justice and Home Affairs. Her main area of interest is business development, market development and space innovation.

Presentation: EU Space Programmes – what’s in it for you?

Thomas Tanghe
Manager – SpaceTec Partners
Thomas Tanghe is a Manager at SpaceTec Partners, where he works on strategy engagements, start-up coaching and innovative funding instruments. Amongst others, Thomas is the author of the “Crowdfunding Innovative Ventures” and “Copernicus User Engagement Strategy” reports, published by the European Union. Thomas has a Masters in Management and a Masters in Industrial Engineering and previously worked for the European Space Agency and Deloitte Consulting.

Presentation: The Funding Ecosystem for European Space Start-ups

Sam Waes
ESA Technology Broker Network Manager – Verhaert
With a heart for innovation, Sam Waes has built up over the past 20 years an extensive portfolio of new initiatives realized in various domains. He has a background as industrial designer and proven experience in ICT projects, e-learning, communications, new business development and intrapreneurship. Seven years of his career were dedicated to the marketing communication of a large multinational in the machinery business. Currently Sam is employed by Verhaert Masters in Innovations where he’s combining the role of managing the ESA technology transfer network with innovation consulting activities towards B2B companies. Sam describes himself as “an ambitious people manager that wants make teams outperform.”

Presentation: Recycle Space Technology into the Circular Economy

Steven Krekels
Unit Manager Remote Sensing – VITO
Since November 2014, Steven Krekels is Manager of VITO’s Remote Sensing unit, which develops and operates space- and airborne based earth observation systems. After obtaining a Master’s Degree in Applied Engineering, he joined the Bell Labs of Lucent Technologies for research and development in Optical Networks. In 2001 he made a switch to the space industry and started working in the domains of Earth Observation and Satellite Communcation at Thales Alenia Space. He later moved on to Newtec, a leading Belgian satellite communication equipment provider, where he acted as Managing Director of Newtec’s subsidiary in Berlin.

Presentation: Remote Sensing – a key enabling technology now and in the future

Nicolas Helssen
Belgian ARTES Applications Broker – ESA
Nicolas Helssen is currently the Belgian ambassador for the European Space Agency’s Integrated Applications Promotion programme, working out of the Belgian Science Policy Office in Brussels. His brief is to promote the IAP programme to potential candidates and guide them through a successful application process with ESA and BELSPO. He previously worked at the European Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications in the United Kingdom as an economic researcher.

Presentation: Develop your space application through IAP


Date: Monday 15.05.2017

Programme:

  • 18:30 – Doors open
  • 19:00 – Presentations (part I)
  • 19:50 – Power break (+ drinks)
  • 20:00 – Presentations (part II)
  • 21:10 – Networking & walking dinner

Location: Creative District – Galerie Ravenstein (n°36) – Rue Ravenstein 18, 1000 Brussels
Easily accessible via public transportation (Brussels Central Station)

Important: do note that the event is fully booked and accessible only with prior registration. If you have not yet registered and would like to attend, please send us your name, company/organisation and position via info@be-space.eu. We will let you know if additional places become available.

Sponsored by: SpaceTec Partners

With the support of: Belspo


Why attend?

  • Learn how you can use space technology to create innovative applications
  • Get an in-depth understanding of the space startup funding ecosystem
  • Find the right funding opportunities for your space-based startup (idea)
  • Network with space funding experts, industry professionals and fellow startups

Who should attend?

  • Aspiring entrepreneurs with innovative ideas for space(-based) applications
  • Startups and scaleups using technology in, from or for space
  • Policy makers, investors, space industry professionals and students

5th Space Dinner and beSPACE Awards – Looking back

For the 5th year in a row, the beSPACE annual Space Dinner proved to be one of the most important events of the Belgian space scene. This year’s dinner focused on the future of the International Space Station (ISS). Over 220 people attended the event at the Brussels Planetarium, ranging from students (33%) and industry professionals (28%) over representatives of research institutes (12%) and governmental organisations (12%) to space enthusiasts and other affiliations (15%).

The evening began with three lectures on the future of the ISS. Firstly, Alejandro Sela, from Space Application Services, gave an overview of the ICE Cubes project. Next, Dr. Valentina Shevtsova, from the Microgravity Research Centre at the Université Libre de Bruxelles, presented her most recent work on fluids in microgravity. Lastly, artist Lola Meotti took the audience on a journey through her interpretation of space.

Following the presentations, beSPACE presented its first ever awards – for “Personality of the Year” and “Team of the Year” in the Belgian space sector. The purpose of the awards is to inspire and stimulate excellence, innovation, cross-fertilization and leadership.

The beSPACE Award for ‘Personality of the Year 2017’ was given to Dominique Tilmans. It recognises her outstanding efforts for the space sector in Belgium and Europe. Firstly, as a member of the Belgian Senate, as President of the Senatorial Workgroup on Space and as President of the European Interparliamentary Space Conference and, more recently, as President of YouSpace and Eurisy. beSPACE considers YouSpace to be a vital platform for the professional development of the next generation of space professionals. Dominique’s new role at Eurisy, an association of 20 European space agencies aiming to connect space and society by raising awareness on the potential of satellite applications, also illustrates her talent for building bridges: between politics and industry, students and professionals, space and Earth. In an increasingly complex world, these dialogues have become a necessity. In short, her legendary energy and her ability to identify the needs of all different parties and come up with concrete solutions have a genuinely positive impact in all of her many endeavours.

The beSPACE Award for ‘Team of the Year 2017’ was given to the QB50 team from the von Karman Institute. It rewards their success in managing a bold, innovative project that makes original use of the capabilities offered by cubesats. It is an awe-inspiring engineering challenge that also requires immense programmatic prowess. Moreover, the mission carried out by the VKI itself, QARMAN, is a brilliant demonstration of “inside the box” thinking. beSPACE believes the outcomes of the QARMAN and QB50 projects will pave the way towards new technological developments in space. Moreover, VKI started both initiatives from scratch, the core competence of the Institute being fluid dynamics. The VKI is now one of the leading actors in European cubesat research and organiser of one of the most important annual symposia on the topic. Lastly, the QB50 team’s efforts have significantly contributed to the reputation of Belgium on the global space scene.

The evening ended with a free walking dinner, giving the attendees the opportunity to discuss both the presentations and the awards, as well as network in a relaxed atmosphere.

Once again, the beSPACE team wishes to thank its generous sponsors for making this wonderful evening possible: VITO Remote Sensing, Antwerp Space, SpaceTec Partners, the Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, ESERO Belgium, Volkssterrenwacht Urania, and Mars Belgium. We hope to see many old and new faces at our next annual dinner – and at numerous other events that will be organised throughout the year.

Presentations

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5th Space Dinner – 10.03.2017 – Planetarium Brussels

The time has once again come for our annual flagship event: the Space Dinner! For the 5th time we invite you for a bite, a drink and inspiring presentations by three influential speakers from the Belgian space scene. The perfect opportunity to network with space professionals and like-minded peers! Not sure what to expect? Have a look at these pictures from last year’s highly successful edition.

The theme of the 5th Space Dinner is the “The Future of the ISS”. In short, what will happen to the International Space Station after 2024 (or 2028)? The ISS could become a commercially operated space station, but how will this affect research and operations?

The following speakers will each provide their own point of view on this subject:

  • Alejandro Sela, Space Applications Services
  • Lola Meotti, Independent artist
  • Dr. Valentina Shevtsova, Microgravity Research Center (ULB)

Also included in the Space Dinner is a planetarium show and of course a free reception to top it all off.

Programme:

  • 18:30: Doors open
  • 19:00: Presentations
  • Alejandro Sela, Space Application Services
  • Lola Meotti, Independent artist
  • Dr. Valentina Shevtsova, Microgravity Research Center (ULB)
  • 20:00: First beSpace Awards
  • 20:15: Planetarium Show
  • 21:00: Walking dinner & networking event
  • 22:00: End

As always, we look forward to welcoming both new and familiar faces at the Space Dinner!

We are closing registrations on Friday 03.03.2017! Register now if you want to attend!

Important: entrance is free, but you must register in advance!

Don’t forget to join our Facebook event!


Sponsored by:

Antwerp Space – VITO Remote Sensing – Space Tec Partners – Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium – ESERO Belgium – Volkssterrenwacht Urania – Mars Belgium


We are hiring!

The beSPACE core team is looking for fresh blood!

Here is what we offer:

  • Valuable experience that you can add to your CV
  • The opportunity to meet lots of people from the space industry, academia and related institutions

We ask the following of you:

  • Your motivation and some of your free time to organise high-profile events and to attend a few in-person meetings
  • Your contribution when brainstorming about future event ideas and about beSPACE in general

Do you like what you just read? Then you are our man or woman! Just send an email to info@be-space.eu if you are interested. We will take it from there 🙂

Presentations & photos from the 4th Space Dinner

The 4th Space Dinner was once again a huge success, thanks to you, beSPACE members! Of course we would also like to thank our speakers, Marco Ferrazzani, Michel Melotte and Frederik De Wilde, as well as our sponsors, Thales Alenia Space Belgium, Antwerp Space, BELSPO and the Planetarium. We hope to see you all again next year!

The presentations from M. Ferrazzani and M. Melotte can be found below:

– Marco Ferrazzani – Moon Village: from vision to reality
– Michel Melotte – Space ionising radiations at Moon level

The photos from the Dinner:

4th Space Dinner – March 11, 2016 – Planetarium Brussels

The time has once again come for our annual flagship event: the Space Dinner! For the fourth time we invite you for a bite, a drink and inspiring presentations by influential speakers. It is the perfect opportunity to talk and network with like-minded people in a relaxed atmosphere!

In light of the recent announcement from ESA’s Director General, the theme of the 4th Space Dinner is the “Moon village”. In short, this village would be a lunar base, 3D printed from local materials and inhabited by astronauts for months at a time. Apart from acting as a research centre, it could also provide a springboard for future missions to Mars.

The following speakers will each provide their own point of view on this ambitious project:

  • Dr Marco Ferrazani, ESA Legal Counsel and Head of the Legal Department
  • Michel Melotte, radiation expert at Thales Alenia Space Belgium
  • Frederik De Wilde, multi- and transdisciplinary artist

Also included in the Space Dinner is a planetarium show and of course a free reception to top it all off.

Programme:

  • 18h45: doors open
  • 19h00: presentations
    • Dr Marco Ferrazani
    • Michel Melotte
    • Frederik De Wilde
  • 20h00: planetarium show
  • 20h30: reception
  • 22h30: end

Practical info:

  • Date & time: Friday March 11, 2016, 18h45 to 22h30
  • Place to be: Planetarium of the Royal Observatory of Belgium, Boechoutlaan 10 Avenue de Bouchout, 1020 Brussels
  • Free registration: http://goo.gl/forms/8Na1s8mu2p